I don't know of any semiconductor company that still assembles their products in the US. There may be a few exotic packages that are done in the US, but all of the high volume packages are assembled and tested in Asia. Many of the wafers are processed in the US, but there are fabs all around the world. I would not be surprised if half of the wafers are processed in Asia especially with the foundries such as TSMC.
@kris- you are absolutely right. That is my mistake. As you surmised, it's Samsung's fab in Austin, not Apple's. I have made the correction.
Interestingly enough, it came out last week that Apple bought a large amount of property in Austin to expand its operations there. But I highly doubt that a chip fab is part of the plan.
"built by Samsung for Apple at Apple's fab in Austin, Texas"??? something is not adding up here...it is either Samsung's fab or Apple's, not both...I suspect it is Samsung's, I am not aware of any Apple's silicon fabs...kris
From what I understand about tarrifs, even if all the components are made in the US and elsewhere and the product is assembled in China, it still is subject to tarrifs as if it is 100 percent made in China. So that would mean, an iPad, iPod and iPhone, even with 100 percent non-China parts, but assembled in China would stil be made in China according to the law ... Right?
No - there's something pretty much right about the economy. Americans are busy doing much more high value things than assembling iPads or packing shrimp. Diverting them from those high-value things to those lower value things would be a backward step not progress.
The Olympic uniforms incident is merely a "scandal" but the "reality that is difficult for some to accept".
Apple products are all labeled "made in China". And so are pretty much everything you can get from Walmart, Target, BestBuy... and the list goes on.
It sort of make sense to have some of components of Apple products made outside of the US. But I see that it is a serious problem when you have even shrimp at Walmart coming from some Asian countries.
If it is cheaper to raise, keep, process, and then ship a pack of shrimp from the other side of the globe, and then put it in the frige at Walmart for sell and make profit, there is something seriously wrong about the economy here!!!
It is either that the retail price of the shrimp is insanely priced, or that the industry here is way behind so that they can not compete on the efficiency and cost at all, or both... But at the end, you can only do so well for so long without manufacturing. The problem now is that the US is not any more manufacturing and actually physically producing goods as much as how it used to, and how it should...